Rare chance to tour the listed Downs Syndrome theatre.

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September 6, 2016 by dontbringlulubook

The Victorian grade two listed theatre in South West London is open to the public for free this weekend.

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It’s part of the Open House scheme where buildings throw open their doors across London in a rare chance to show off their treasures.

The theatre at the Normansfield Hospital in Teddington was commissioned by Doctor John Langdon-Down, the man who discovered Down’s Syndrome and later, had a grandchild with the condition.

Langdon-Down insisted that all the nurses who were employed at the hospital could also sing and dance and the place of entertainment was used to occupy staff and patients in a positive way.

The original ‘flats’ or scenery are still in use. The Langdon Down Centre has been described by the Londonist as ‘West London’s best unsung museum’.

There’s more information on Open House at http://langdondownmuseum.org.uk/ and http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

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